The Internet was awash Monday with criticism for conservative news outlet Breitbart, which has been overly supportive of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, for denouncing Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol as a "renegade Jew."
"Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew Prepares Third Party Effort to Block Trump’s Path to White House," the front page read.
This is the Breitbart homepage right now. pic.twitter.com/tkpnKPt5g3— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) May 16, 2016
The article and headline was written by conservative writer David Horowitz, who spent nearly the entire 30-paragraph article going after Kristol, a prominent Never-Trumper, for his efforts to recruit a third party alternative to challenge the billionaire businessman in the general election.
The criticism, though, left Horowitz wholly unfazed. He wrote in a "No Apologies" follow-up story Monday night that he did, in fact, pen the controversial headline.
"Some illiterate anti-Semites have picked up on the phrase without understanding it," he charged. "Some neo-conservatives have called me names as well, displaying their own brand of inarticulate hate without bothering to respond to the actual argument of my piece."
In the follow-up, Horowitz doubled down on many of the same points he emphasized in the original piece, telling Kristol that a third party candidacy would guarantee the presidency to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, which he described as a "betrayal of the Jews in an hour in which their backs are to the wall."
But apology or not, ex-Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro, an American Orthodox Jew, trashed the news organization, calling the site a "feces tornado" in a series of tweets Monday morning.
My God, Breitbart has become such a feces tornado.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 16, 2016
Only "renegade Jews" don't back an authoritarian who won't take moral sides with Israel and flirts with the Nazi-cheering alt-right and KKK.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 16, 2016
In a piece posted to news site The Daily Wire, where he serves as editor-in-chief, Shapiro wrote that he was surprised by "friend" and "mentor" Horowitz's decision to write the Breitbart story, which he described as "garbage." However, Shapiro did concede it was "unsurprising" to see Breitbart publish the article.
From there, Shapiro turned his ire toward his former employer.
"Since my departure, they’ve become something far worse than Trump’s Pravda – they’ve become a site that openly panders to alt-right anti-Semitism and soft white supremacism," Shapiro wrote.
"David Horowitz throwing out the term “renegade Jew” to describe those Jews who oppose Trump on pro-Israel and conservative grounds is bad enough; Breitbart using such language in order to drive the septic-system segment of its base is worse," he continued.
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